"When Freedom Calls" (2007)
"Joe Uveges has done it. He’s come out of the closet . . . and admitted he’s a Christian.
"Uveges’ new album, “When Freedom Calls,” is a collection of spiritual tunes that lays bare his beliefs and even mentions the J-word a few times. It’s a bold move for the singer-songwriter who has been toiling on the local folk scene for two decades, and who has built his loyal audience outside of Christian circles......"
..."If Joseph Uveges' prize-winning release, "Promise of Portage", came from his soul; then his latest effort "When Freedom Calls" has come from his heart....
With his familiar lyrical style, Uveges weaves 9 originals and 2 covers into a textured blend influenced by his spiritual path. Although the songs have Christian echoes, their messages are non-traditional. The material ranges from humorous to driving, but the dominant feeling of these pieces is piercingly sweet.
Uveges reportedly dragged his feet on this project because he felt it would be too serious for his regular fans, and too heretical for religious listeners. Instead, however, early reviewers have claimed it is his best album yet. "When Freedom Calls" is a heartfelt gift from one of Colorado's favorite folk musicians.
- Katherine Dunn Colorado Springs, CO
"Finally, a CD that embraces the spiritual journey on so many levels. When the CD "When Freedom Calls" by Joe Uveges was release in Portland, Oregon last week; it was a gift to many of us who search for music that speaks to people from many spiritual traditions no matter where people are on the spiritual walk. For a successful folk singer and songwriter to have the courage to take such a risk is a remarkable thing. . .The CD is truly a beautiful, rich and challenging experience through the entire work."
- Fr.James Galluzzo Director - Urban Spirituality Center Portland, OR
(Electric Guitar, Pedal Steel)